Saturday, 25 August 2012

today's face

Hi everyone!

Lately, I've been experimenting more with my makeup, trying different looks every day as on Monday, I'm starting my second (and hopefully more pleasant) summer job as a cashier in the sort of local supermarket (actually there are two closer to me...) and I've always noticed how most of the ladies working at the tills put a lot of effort into their looks and experiment with their makeup. I would say they look quite put together, but unfortunately I have seen a few cases of bright blue eyeshadow, so that's not always the case. :P

So anyway, as opposed to showing up looking like the living dead  - trust me, I looked horrendous when I was emptying out bins last week... - I'd like to look nice so I've been seeing what kind of makeup I should go for, as I have been quite lazy these past few months.

The other week, I went to an outlet centre in Belgium and in the Body Shop there, everything was super cheap so I splurged a bit. Unfortunately, I just deleted the pictures as I thought I had them on my laptop, but turns out I don't so you'll have to bear with me until I post about what I bought, as I've managed to lose the cheek tint, which is really annoying me at the moment.

Back to what I was originally harping on about, today I decided to (for once) photograph my makeup step by step AND take pictures of the products I'm using, which I usually forget to do. (The above paragraph is revelant because I bought a face powder which I'm very happy with and which will feature in this post.)

First of all, it's recently been brought to my attention that you should use a powder puff to apply powder instead of a brush! Steph @ In Her Makeup Bag  posted about this after having seen a video by gossmakeupartist and after reading and watching the video, I tried it out with a powder puff (well actually I think it was a sponge, but it's the same principle, I think) and the difference really is noticeable. With a brush, the coverage was acceptable, but it's a lot better with a puff, which is great for me as I really don't like the feeling of foundation so I'm starting to rely on powder. In this picture, I've applied powder to the right side of my face and it really makes a great difference, in my opinion.

So here is my face with my base on - basically primer, concealer(s) and powder.
The products that I used were the Benefit primer that I got for free in Glamour magazine, which I'm not convinced about. It feels nice but I don't get the feeling it really helped. Otherwise I have the Boi-ing concealer, which I love but don't use often as I haven't got much of it left and that stuff is expensive! Otherwise I have the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat which was a present for my birthday from my best friend. I basically use this underneath my eyes and eyebrows (for highlighting) and the Benefit one for blemishes. Finally I have the Body Shop Nature's Minerals powder, which was a bargain at 3 euros! ( I love outlet centres.)

And now for my eye makeup! I decided to repeat a look I did last December by using cream eyeshadows and a red eyeliner underneath my eyes, despite it not being very summery. Of course, I didn't want to look as if I'd been crying so I used a brown eyeliner on my waterline and was generous with the mascara on my bottom lashes, which I do anyway as my top lashes just flop down with any amount of mascara.

So for products, I started off with MAC's Paint Pot in Painterly which is my most used primer. It lasts really long as I've been using it regularly since last summer, so I'm quite impressed with it! Otherwise I used Fred Farrugia's mousse/cream eye shadow, which I just applied with my fingers as the end result is better than using a brush, although I still haven't found a way of applying cream eyeshadow and having it last, which is frustrating. Any tips?

Otherwise I used Sleek's Kohl pencil, which is dark red and was part of their christmas set and then an Urban Decay brown eyeliner and finally, my eyelash curlers and Benefit's Bad Gal mascara, which was also free with Glamour a few months ago.

And for the final touches, I just added a cheek tint, bronzer and a lip stain.

 I used Benefit's Hoola bronzer and Posie tint, which are part of the Cabana palette that I got for my birthday and then I used a Maybelline lip tint.

And that's it for today! Unfortunately the look didn't last very long because I sweat for some reason and even if I'm not doing anything and I've got the fan on, I still got flustered and my face gets sweaty so the makeup rubs off, which was upsetting me a bit as I'd really like to have normal skin for once. I don't have excessively oily skin, but I do sweat a lot which is unpleasant and unattractive, even if it doesn't happen all the time - only really as soon as I apply my makeup, which is frustrating.

Anyway I will try and post more regularly with my work makeup from next week onwards, stay tuned¨! 

Thursday, 9 August 2012

FOTN from Berlin!

Hello everyone!

I have finally got round to posting the makeup from last Wednesday, over a week later, but nevertheless, at least I am blogging! I have just been chilling out this week as I am starting work on Monday (manual labour...yay. It pays though!).

So Wednesday night/Thursday morning was a lot of fun and I can only recommend that anyone who visits Berlin and wants to go clubbing should try Matrix on a Wednesday. It's Buy 1 Get 1 Free all night so it's not mega pricey and it also has several different rooms with different djs which helps if you get bored by the music. Apparently it's a club for tourists and not real Berliners (lol!) but oh well, I enjoyed myself and it takes a lot for me to enjoy myself going out, so I definitely recommend it. And the people I went with were lovely and awesome (my roomie and I went with a bunch of Brazilians and they were so hilarious and up for a good time).

Anyways onto the make up!

 So as for makeup, I used the Naked palette for a light smokey eyes, Benefit Hoola bronzer on my cheeks with Topshop's Neon Rose, Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat, which my best friend gave me for my birthday , Benefit Bad Gal mascara (the Glamour mini) and Mac Speak Louder lippie. Haha, I've got quite a few high end stuff now, haven't I?

 Anyway, I'll finish this here as it's time for me to sleep and boy, do I value my sleep! I'll try and do a few reviews in the next few days, just need to find the right background!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

hair update!

Hey guys!

I'm going out tonight (hopefully it's not a repeat of the time I went out in Paris- fail!) and I decided to straighten my hair a bit, cause I'm curious to see how long it is and wow it's grown since the last time I straightened it (which was a few months ago lol). I left the top layers curly cause it gives it a bit more texture and doesn't look too artificial.

please ignore the awful cleavage there, slightly awkward lol...
But anyway I kind of look terrible cause I haven't applied my makeup yet but this is the best picture to show my hair :) 

I will take pictures of my makeup so I can finally post something makeup related yay!!